Bhubaneswar, September 21 (LocalWire): A group of lawyers called upon the chief minister Naveen Patnaik to clamp a ban on the use of paraquat, a highly hazardous pesticide in the state.
The lawyers also highlighted that paraquat had already claimed lives of over 170 farmers in Odisha during the last two years.
“There is no antidote to this herbicide as per the medical science research findings. The hazardous pesticide has a debilitating effect on farmers’ health.
It has given rise to kidney, liver and lungs ailments. According to medical literature, it’s a highly lethal herbicide.
The Kerala government has imposed a ban on it. And Odisha government should follow the suit,” the memorandum submitted by lawyers Biswapriya Kanungo, Bijaya Kumar Panda, Golakh Prasad Nayak, and Subhasis Panda said.
It may be recalled here that group of senior resident doctors of government-run Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital at Burla in Sambalpur district had staged a protest by skipping food for a day on 13 September.
The resident doctors’ group had petitioned the Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee and had raised the acute and chronic health effect due to paraquat exposure.
Meanwhile, the state government has asked medical college authorities at Burla to furnish compliance report on the alleged derogatory effect of the farmers due to exposure to paraquat, sources said.